An insurance appraiser (Norman Foster) falls for the spoiled niece (Evalyn Knapp) of an industrialist involved in insurance fraud. There is a strong reference to the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory tragedy.
Directed by Bert P Lynwood.
Released in 1935.
CAST NOTE: Foster and Knapp also costar in the highly regarded "Ladies Crave Excitement," which is available here at IA.
June 3, 2014
Romance, Arson, Dogs Don't Mix
A correction first; the Producer's name was Larry Darmour without the T (not Dartmour) and he was known mostly as a "B" producer of Westerns for Columbia Pictures and was very successful. See My reviews of "Suicide Squad" and "Behind The Green Lights" both also from 1935 for more about Norman Foster and Sidney Blackmer both here at the archive.
"Fire Trap" tries hard to be a romance but the plotting of arson as a plot device really drags this down to a crawl. The last several minutes, especially with the fire in the shirt factory is fairly suspenseful (no doubt stock footage from a previous and probably silent film) and of course ends rather quickly.
Evelyn Knapp was a very beautiful actress in her day, but she always came off, to me anyway,as sort of a bitch whether she was opposite Ken Maynard, or Norman Foster or other leading men of the day opposite her. Her "Perils Of Pauline" serial was what she was most noted for. Oscar Apfel was perfectly cast as the crooked uncle, another in a long list of scoundrels he was noted for.
A misfire (no pun intended) for buffs only. Good picture quality for the most part. Sound not so good.